As the numbers start to roll in, the Fight of the Century is showing its vulnerability in making the claim.
According to multiple reports, the Mayweather vs. McGregor super fight made a gross gate of $55,414,865.79 at the T-Mobile Arena. Twitter user @jedigoodman first reported the figures Tuesday evening. The official attendance of 13,231 included just 137 complimentary tickets and represented an average revenue of $4,188.26 per ticket issued.
The Shadow League was in press row for the fight and can confirm that it was not a sold out show.
MayweatherVsMcGregor Gross Gate $55,414,865.79 Number of sold tickets 13,094 Number of complimentary tickets 137
This is definitely smaller than the highest grossing gate ever made in Las Vegas when Floyd Mayweather fought Manny Pacquiao. That record still stands at $72,198,500.00 with 16,219 in attendance.
For the Mayweather vs. McGregor fight, ticket prices ranged from $4000 to as high as $15,000 for the bout and many purchased the pay-per-view or streamed via illegal websites globally. The hype surrounding the event was so palpable that promoters attempted to capitalize on the interest with an increased ticket pricing structure. However, they might have priced themselves out of a sellout.
Since these are the gross numbers, information about how the payouts are allocated after the net recoupment from lead promoter Mayweather Promotions were not readily available.
McGregor Sports & Entertainment was the co-promoting junior promotion and no information regarding the deal between McGregor, Dana White, and the UFC was available either.
Recently, Showtime Sports Executive Vice President and General Manager, Stephen Espinoza told Yahoo Sports that the pay-per-view numbers from the event were on course to be in the mid-to-high range of 4 million buys domestically.
This would put it well beneath the Money vs. Pac-Man bout, which did 5.5 million buys worldwide.